The role of calcium and ofin vitro aging on the creep behavior of collagen tendons
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The creep behavior of collagen tendons chemically contracted in KSCN solutions was investigated. Particularly, emphasis was given to the role of calcium and other polyvalent metals and to the role of storage time on the creep behavior of tendons removed from rats of different age. The results rule out the possibility that calcium and polyvalent metals are connected with the aging of tendons. The effect of storagein vitro produces effects qualitatively similar to those observed during agingin vivo. It is suggested that an oxidative crosslinking process occurringin vitro is responsible for the effects observed.
KeywordsCollagen Calcium Storage Time Creep Behavior KSCN
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